Scenic South Island
The Scenic South Island itinerary includes the spectacular scenery of the Mackenzie Country, including Mount Cook – the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. A day tour is included from Queenstown to the majestic Milford Sound, and time out in Queenstown, a world premier visitor destination that allows you to experience the many different activities on offer.
5 Day Scenic South Island Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Christchurch, New Zealand Welcome to New Zealand! Meet & Greet service then private transfer from Christchurch Airport to your accommodation. Remainder of day to explore Christchurch. The city has emerged revitalized following the earthquake that devastated much of the Canterbury region in February 2011. Fortunately, access to the wonderful Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the Canterbury Museum has not been affected and already city architects are winning awards for some very innovative projects, including the new “temporary” cardboard cathedral.
Day 2 Christchurch – Mt Cook – Queenstown A day for spectacular sights as you farewell Christchurch and travel through Ashburton, Geraldine and Fairlie, over Burke’s Pass and into the vast Mackenzie Basin to the magnificent turquoise blue waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Continue to Mount Cook Village, in the Mt Cook Aoraki National Park, home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain. At the southern end of the Mackenzie Country the road climbs through bleak rugged hills to the summit of the Lindis Pass before descending into Central Otago. Follow the rugged Kawarau River into Queenstown – New Zealand’s four season alpine resort.
Day 3 Milford Sound Day Excursion Today depart Queenstown on an unforgettable full-day journey to Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board a comfortable vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the fiord far below. At the conclusion of your cruise retrace your journey back to Queenstown.
Day 4 Queenstown Today is at leisure. Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving!
Day 5 Depart Queenstown Farewell from New Zealand – transfer to Queenstown Airport for your departure flight.
* Itinerary subject to change